Pedro Dennis

of Philip, South Dakota, died on Saturday, June 30, 2018
at the Rapid City Regional Hospital as a result of a farm accident at the age of 18

Pedro James Dennis was born March 24, 2000 to George “Lee” and Nicole (Falk) Dennis in Pierre, South Dakota.

Pedro grew up in Philip and at the age of four started wrestling. At the age of six he rode his first bucking pony at the first annual Philip Bronc Match. This was the start of his love for rodeo.

Throughout his school years he participated in football, wrestling, rodeo, basketball, and track. Pedro was a member of the FFA, FCCLA, Choir, Student Council, and Class of 2019 officer at various times. Pedro won many awards including all conference in football and state champion bull rider in 4-H as well as many other awards including the Dallas Heninger Memorial Award.

Pedro was the social butterfly of the family and frequently hosted poker night at the “Pit” along with being involved with many other social activities around town. Pedro also loved to hunt and fish.

Survivors include his parents Lee and Nicole Dennis of Philip; one brother Victor Dennis of Philip; one sister Danna Abla of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; paternal grandparents George and Shirley Dennis of Philip; maternal grandparents Scott and Deb Falk of Wahpeton, North Dakota; and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by one brother Reo Dennis.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established. Cards and memorials may be sent to P.O. Box 642 Philip, SD 57567.

A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, July 5, at the American Legion Hall in Philip.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 6, at the Philip High School Football Field with Pastor Kathy Chesney officiating.

Interment will be at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.

Service Details

Thursday, July 5 - 5-7 p.m.
American Legion Hall
Philip, South Dakota

Friday, July 6, 2018 - 10:00 a.m.
Philip High School Football Field
Philip, South Dakota
Pastor Kathy Chesney
Masonic Cemetery
Philip, South Dakota

Guest Book

We are so sorry for your loss . Our hearts breaks, I pray that the Lord wraps his arms around you and gives you comfort in your time of sorrow!
   ~ James and Dawn Knight Philip so dak (7/3/2018)
Dear Dennis Families: So sorry to hear of your great loss. Many prayers are being sent to all of you to help you get through this difficult time.
   ~ Daniel and Doris Ulrich Faith (7/5/2018)
We are so so sorry! What a wonderful young man! Our prayers are with you and just know that our Heavenly Father will lift you up and carry you through this with all the love and support of the whole community. Sending hugs. Patsy and Irwin Ferguson
   ~ Patsy Ferguson 25307 Weta Rd., Box 318 (7/2/2018)
Remember the good times and always keep them in your heart. Prairie prayers from Plainview for the family.
   ~ Jim and Vonnie O’Dea Howes, SD (7/2/2018)
My heart breaks for your family with your loss. Prayers
   ~ Bonnie Moses Nebraska (7/2/2018)
Our hearts are filled with love and compassion for your family now and forever. Sending our thoughts from afar. We will always cherish our memories of Pedro.
   ~ Christine, Gypsy and Romanée Andrus Carlton, Oregon (7/2/2018)
Dennis & Myers Families
so sorry to hear of the loss of this good looking young man. So hard to loose a child, grandchild. You can tell by the smile in his picture that he was a fun, happy person and with that Myers blood he had to be FUN & full of it! Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of you

   ~ Randy & Linda (Fravel) Vevig Draper SD (7/2/2018)
So sorry to hear about Pedro. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. God Bless.
   ~ Ralph& Cathy Fiedler Sturgis, SD (7/2/2018)
So sorry for the loss of your son. He was a very nice young man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
   ~ Barry Wolff family Eli, NE (7/5/2018)
We are so sorry for your loss. Know that the wrestling community is praying for all of you during this time of sadness.
   ~ Webster Wrestling Team, Coach Rausch Webster, SD (7/2/2018)
We are thinking of all you folks during this difficult time, words cannot tell you how saddened we are. We enjoyed watching him in wrestling, football, and rodeo. Hold onto all the memories.
   ~ Les & Joann Pearson Philip, SD (7/2/2018)
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers and Deepest Sympathy are with you and your family’s
   ~ John & Lenette Bothwell Fort Pierre SD (7/3/2018)
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dennis family. May God hold you in the palm of his hand. With Christian love and hugs. Doug & Nancy
   ~ Doug & Nancy Thorson Quinn (7/4/2018)
So sorry to hear about Pedro. Our hearts are filled with sadness. Prayers to your entire family. The only way you can look at this is he is in a better place.
He will watch over all of you. He was such of a nice kid to talk to. Heaven gained one heck of a cowboy. God bless , Jeff , & Terri Peterson & Dylan Suhr

   ~ Terri Peterson Canton , SD (7/3/2018)
Pedro was a wonderful guy that wouldn’t hurt a fly! He had a heart of gold and a smile brighter than the horizon. It’s so sad that you are gone, you are missed by many, but will never be forgotten! Love you bud! Rest easy!💕
   ~ Kaitlyn Fosheim Midland, SD (7/2/2018)
Lee, Nicole, George and Shirley
Our hearts break for you! We will continue to keep you all in our thoughts and prayers! May the love of your family and the community of Philip help you find the strength to ease some of the pain! You are surrounded by a fantastic community, we know first handed when you hurt..they hurt! God Bless you all, cherish the memories!

   ~ Don & Wanda Moses (7/6/2018)
We are keeping you all in our thoughts & prayers, and sending all our love.
   ~ Kim (Falk) Harris & Family Thornton, CO (7/2/2018)
We are deeply saddened to hear about Pedro. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
   ~ Kirsten Stilwell, Alyssa and Jade Owanka SD (7/2/2018)
Thinking of you at this time of great sorrow and loss.
   ~ Patrick and Heather Solon and family Kadoka SD (7/2/2018)
We are very sorry to hear of the loss of this young man. In these times of sorrow we can go to the Bible for comfort and hope . Revelation 21:4 says: And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. We all look forward to this promise from God coming true. We hope this will give you comfort in your time of sorrow.
   ~ Shawn and Shelley Stiles Deadwood Sd (7/4/2018)
We are so sorry for the loss of your son. Our hearts are deeply saddened and you are in our thoughts and prayers.
   ~ Chip and Jonna King Philip, SD (7/3/2018)
May the Lord be with you at this difficult time. May you find peace in this tragedy. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

   ~ Paul & Steph Williams Rapid City (7/2/2018)
We are so sorry to hear of Pedro’s accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. May he Rest In Peace with the good Lord.
   ~ Gene and Audrey Jones Midland (7/3/2018)
Hugs and prayers to Pedros family. Our hearts go out to you at this very sad time. There is no pain like losing a child. God Bless!
   ~ Charlie & Diane Gittings Summerset, SD (7/4/2018)
We share in your sadness and sorrow. We are so sorry. Prayers n hugs to you all
   ~ Kenny and Nancy Neville Philip, SD (7/3/2018)
This little town has a heavy heart, Pedro was a wonderful, great,hardworking kid, with a great spirit that will fill yours at this time of need.His wonderful smile will be missed. So sorry for your loss.
   ~ Pennie Slovek Philip (7/2/2018)
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   ~ Let me prove my skills Let me prove my skills (7/11/2018)
My dear Pedro how do I explain how I feel about you leaving us so soon we weren't done yet but I know that your uncle mark and grandpa hanson were ready for you with open arms we will miss you terribly but will meet again some cowboy fly we love you very much
   ~ Grandma Deb Wahpeton ND 58075 (7/8/2018)
Lee and family. We just heard the tragic news. Our sincere condolences.
   ~ Jim & Jennifer Good Martin SD (7/3/2018)
Sending deepest sympathy and prayers to the family. God Bless
   ~ Julie Elshere Furchner Ft. Pierre, SD (7/2/2018)
Sending prayers to Pedro’s family at this time of sadness in their loss of a young man who has grown so much since I knew him. He was one of my 4-H clover bud after school kids who was always full of energy and kept the class interesting. I was so saddened to hear he has gone too soon & will be missed by everyone whose path he crossed. Fly high young man!!
   ~ Vera Boje Rapid City (7/3/2018)
We are so sorry for your loss. Always heard such good things about him. May God bless you all as you walk this difficult journey. Peace be with you
   ~ Larry and Vicki Neiderworder Philip, SD (7/2/2018)
Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers! Sounds like he was an amazing young man !!! Hoping all your memories will bring you some peace !!
   ~ Tammie Parsons Kruger Bowman ND (7/3/2018)
Our loving thoughts and healing prayers will continue for everyone.
   ~ Mike and Shar Moses Philip (7/3/2018)
Lee, Nicole and Vic, I cannot imagine the pain that you feel. My heart aches for you. Though Pedro barely knew me, he treated me like his best friend; so happy, fun loving and very helpful. I pray your memories of Pedro can dilute the grief you carry.
   ~ Russ Cooper Bakersfield CA (7/5/2018)
I'm sooo very sorry for your loss of such an amazing young man. May you find strength and peace with your family and friends.
   ~ Laura Maryland (7/2/2018)
Lee and family, I am so incredibly sorry for you loss of such a precious son. I cannot even imagine your grief. The only thing I can offer is my friendship and many sincere prayer for our Lord and Saviour to bring you some comfort in these hard times.
   ~ Steve Olivier Cold Spring, MN (7/3/2018)
I work with Aunt Jen. My heart aches for the whole family. You are all in my prayers.
   ~ Annette MacKaben Rapid City, SD (7/3/2018)
Hoping all those sweet Pedro memories bring a smile to your face and peace to your heart. On my knees lifting you all up in prayer.
   ~ Wayne & Missy Bismarck ND (7/2/2018)
As I look at the picture it makes me smile. As this is sooo totally Pedro. Such a fun, full of energy kid. You will be missed by many Senor Pedro :) Nicole and Lee, I can't even begin to imagine what you are going through, just know that you have friends around in every community here to support you! Prayers to you all!!!
   ~ Heather Schreiber Wall, SD (7/3/2018)
Lee & Nicole, Shirley & George My heart breaks for all of you. Pedro sounds like he was a wonderful young man! My deepest sympathy. Prayers to all.
   ~ Sue Peters Wall, SD (7/3/2018)
So heart broke for you family. Prayers to everyone
   ~ Ronda & Branden Hamann Wall SD (7/2/2018)
Julie Brown
   ~ Julie Moses Brown So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and comfort to the family. (7/2/2018)
Our deepest sympathy and prayers to the family hold on to all the memories. God Bless all of you.
   ~ Rudy & Susan Roth Philip, SD (7/2/2018)
Sending love and prayers. You are all in my thoughts.
   ~ Krystl (Anderson) Vermundson Rapid City, SD (7/2/2018)
So very sorry for your loss. Hold the fond memories close to your heart to help it heal. I can not imagine your pain. Hugs and love to the whole family.
   ~ Stacy Dole Pierre (7/2/2018)
My heart breaks for all of you. May it comfort you to know others are praying and thinking of you all.
   ~ Bonnie Fitzgerald Memphis (7/5/2018)
There are no words to comfort enough...but I discovered these past few days, that any of my memories of Pedro end in a smile or laugh. That boy was fantastic! He kept the people around him on their toes with his sharp wit and intelligence. Quite the negotiator in the classroom-I will never forget him 'winning' a little shorter assignment for himself and his classmates, just with his tenaciousness! That kind of stick to it-ness made him successful in most anything he turned a hand to, I am sure! He just WOULDN'T take no for an answer. Watching him snag a football so quick you weren't sure how he did it, and fly down the field-with his momma screaming GO PEDRO GO PEDRO GO PEDRO! How can we not see and hear that!??! So hard to understand how someone so full of life is gone. But just his memory makes people smile and that is quite a legacy for a life lived so briefly. Bless your family~ your extended community family is always here for you. We will miss that boy something fierce. Strength and endurance to the Dennis family-thank you for sharing your boy with the rest of us!
   ~ Vonda and Jason Hamill Milesville, SD (7/4/2018)
I am so sorry for your loss. No words can take your pain away. Please find comfort in the love that surrounds you. Cherish the memories as Pedro will forever live on in your hearts.
   ~ Ellie (Brown) Bettelyoun Rushville, NE (7/2/2018)
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   ~ Cerrie Lynn Bierwagen 6200 Meadowood Mall Cir, Apt565 (7/4/2018)
So sorry for your loss. May God wrap his loving arms around everyone to comfort. Please know you are in my prayers.
   ~ Theresa Pekron Arvada. CO (7/4/2018)
Nicole, Lee, and Vic - Please know that our whole community is aching, and also holding you up in prayer over the loss of your/our fun loving, smiling, joking, hard working, loyal Pedro. Watching him in all his sports and just interacting with all the kids at the school all the time showed how much he was a team player and got along so well with all the kids. He was a great friend to SO many and will be greatly missed. We pray for strength and peace and understanding for all of you. God Bless you and hold you in the palm of His hand to comfort you now, and heal you eventually. He will always have a part of your, and many others, heart.
With love and Hugs,

   ~ Deb Smith Philip (7/2/2018)
Sending prayers at this difficult time
Robb, Barb, Ryan and Blake Schmidt

   ~ Robb Schmidt Rapid City (7/4/2018)
So sorry to hear. Thoughts and prayers go to the families
   ~ Kevin & Kellie spaans Salem Sdn. MCM wrestling (7/3/2018)
So very sorry to hear about this handsome young man . Our hearts go out to all of you.
   ~ Casey and Dee Hannum Ft Pierre , SD (7/2/2018)
Prayers to the entire Dennis Family. Pedro was a great kid and the rodeo world is going to miss him.
   ~ Chancy &Paige Wilson Kyle,SD (7/2/2018)
Thoughts and Prayers go out to the family. So sad to hear of his passing at such a young age!
   ~ Leslie O'Connell Rapid City, South Dakota (7/3/2018)
Grandma Shirley.....although we did not know your grandson, our hearts go out to you in your sorrow. May you find strength in God's everlasting love.
   ~ Mel and Clarice Okaton, SD (7/2/2018)
Lee and family I cannot imagine the grief you feel. My thoughts and prayers are with you now. So sorry for your loss.
   ~ Dugan & Kathleen Poss Hettinger ND (7/6/2018)


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